Update on Enigma the cat, with a big wtf.
I haven’t written about Enigma for a while. Since you ask, he’s doing fine. In fact, he had a near-total change of personality within days, maybe a week, and now he thinks humans are AWESOME. The ones living in this house, anyway. He’s gone all cuddly. He walks around the house meowing for someone to pet him, and if you’re nearby while he’s eating he will keep interrupting his meal to rub all over you. I have photographic evidence of him sitting in my mother’s lap, but I can’t find the port to download the pictures from the stupid camera, so you’ll have to take my word on it for now. Also, we’re taken to calling him “Iggy”.
On top of that my mother suspects he’s found another family as well. He’s been coming in shifts, see. He started coming in the morning and leaving at night, then he came in at night and left in the morning, and it’s not like the weather is pleasant out there. (He had a collar when he was fixed, but it fell off. He does have a microchip, though). I said that it took him long enough to get used to us, he still hates strangers. Besides, it would be creepy if he followed in the footsteps of Handsome* to that extent.
Then he disappeared.
Four days, no sign of him. I was starting to worry that he was possessed by Handsome’s ghost or something. (Okay, I’m kidding about that, but the similarities were really creeping me out).
Then last night, he turned up. In manner weirdly similar to a vivid dream I’d had that morning, at that. I’d been telling the family “he’s going to come back today” several times, which has them really impressed. Anyway, he was a pathetic sight. Thinner, ravenous, dirty (I think he’s never gotten the hang of washing his head) and slightly smelly. No sign of any injury, though. He made a racket because he wanted to play and we wanted to go to bed. He’s acting completely normal, except he’s being weird to Mystery, and visa versa.
I still have no idea what happened (though I do have several half-baked ideas as to what could have happened). Enigmatic cat is still enigmatic. The reason I posted this in IMHO is because I was wondering if you had any plausible ideas.
*Handsome was a black cat with an unrequited crush on Mystery, who we adopted because hey, there’s a cat who keeps coming over to see Mystery. He turned out to A) have been recently abandoned, and B) had also found a family several blocks away on the other side of a busy street, where they called him Gizmo. He disappeared after a few months, probably because of said busy street.